December 6th, 2011
Bottle Tree Productions presents
CINDERELLA – A CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME
Saturday, Dec. 17th @ The Kingston Christian School: matinee 3pm; evening 7 pm tickets $10/children, $12/seniors, $15/adults
Sunday, Dec. 18th @ L’Octave Theatre: Matinee 3pm; evening 7pm, tickets $10/children, $12/seniors, $15/adults
Our holiday offering for 2011 is Cinderella, a tried and true favourite for people of all ages. This fast-paced pantomime is Cinderella with a twist – the Prince is afflicted by a serious condition that only true love can cure! Familiar characters of the stepmother and stepsisters conspire against Cinderella and she is helped by her Fairy Godmother. Come see what’s happening at the Palace Ball!
This year, it’s a family affair! The talented MacPherson brothers, John and Ian, have already recently starred in two big musicals in Kingston. John starred in the Kinsmen Production of Footloose where he starred as Ren while Ian played the Artful Dodger in the Meistersingers production of Oliver! The boys hail from Napanee.
Sara Sturgeon and her brother Eric Sturgeon also recently appeared in Oliver!
Director Anne Marie Mortensen of her experience with Oliver! said, “Ian, Sara and Eric were great to work with. We feel very lucky to have them perform in Cinderella. They are very dedicated young actors. And what’s more to have such a talented young actor as John involved in the show is great.”
Anne Marie’s son Daniel also had played in Oliver! Her daughter Hannah will add to the festivities by singing before the show. She recently starred in KCVI’s musical Blood Brothers as Mrs. Johnson.
Co-director Charles Robertson commented that, “Both Daniel and Hannah are very dedicated and talented kids in acting and singing. They are also extremely high achievers in academics. They have a great work ethic.” He went on to say, “Each theatrical production creates its own family where oftentimes life-long friendships are formed. There are never friendships anywhere else like those that are made in theatre. For a show to work, actors and crew need to be able to trust each other; to be able to pull together as a team. I think that after a show is done, many performers feel a great sense of loss. But while it lasts, it’s a wonderful family to belong to.”
Anne Marie Mortensen (Oliver!) and Charles Robertson (Romeo and Juliet) co-direct this family-friendly pantomime version of Cinderella, the rags to riches story of a kind young girl forced to work from morning ‘til night by her mean stepsisters and stepmother. Forced to wear rags and to sleep not in a bed but by the fireplace, she dreams of meeting the handsome Prince Charming.
But Prince Charming has problems of his own. Prince Charming has no charm. He is a nerd. Boy is he a nerd! A fun-filled treat for the whole family! Starring John Macpherson (Ren in Footloose) as the shy and awkward prince, and Sara Sturgeon (Oliver!) as the beautiful and kind-hearted Cinderella. Other cast members include John Farant as the malpractice-waiting-to-happen, Doctor Doc and Khira Wieting and Daniel Powell as the ugly stepsisters. Try to guess which stepsister is really a girl. Bryden Trapp is their conniving mother. Ian Macpherson who starred as the Artful Dodger in Oliver! plays the long suffering servant to the prince. The boot scene alone is worth the price of admission.
Allyson Foster plays the beautiful Fairy Godmother who has a few magic tricks up her sleeve. Daniel Smith and Meg Morgan play the king and queen. Catchy songs and silly dialogue make this a light treat for the Holiday season. Ian Lamb, Eric Sturgeon, and Ted Mathers also star. No actors, animals or pumpkins were harmed in this production. Stage managed by Claire Morgan. For more information and to purchase tickets please go to www.bottletreeinc.com.
Pre-show entertainment will feature songs by 18 year-old Hannah Smith, who teams up with Alex Whitehead. Her great contralto voice is sure to leave you wanting more.
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